(Word) Goals for 2018

2018. It’s a beautiful number really. Today I switched to a brand new, colorful calendar. πŸ˜‰ Since it’s the beginning of a new year, I find it helpful and natural to set personal goals.

Last year, I set a few basic word-related goals for myself (you can read that updated post here to see how I did) to stay on track while still leaving room for spontaneity and God’s plans I could never even imagine. πŸ˜€ So, this is really more of a “suggested to-do list” and not an “I-will-die-if-these-don’t-happen” thing. πŸ˜‰

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Blogging goals:

  1. Keep to my schedule of three posts a week. This seems to work well for me and my readers, so I think I’ll stick with it for the time being. πŸ˜‰ And of course, there will be some fun extra posts (like parties!!!!) once in a while. πŸ˜‰
  2. Interview six authors. I love getting to interact with other authors and showcase their work. πŸ˜‰ If you’re an author who would like to be interviewed, please contact me!

Reading goals (do I even need these?? πŸ˜€ ):

  1. Read 50 books. This is probably my favorite goal of the year, actually. πŸ˜› I’m participating in the Goodreads reading challenge again, and I’m excited to start in on it. πŸ˜‰ *chants* Books, books, lots o’ books…
  2. Four of those books have to be non-fiction. I have bad reading habits. As in, I read almost no non-fiction. Reading entirely for pleasure doesn’t stretch my brain as much as I could. So I’m planning to read more non-fiction. πŸ˜‰
  3. Read my Bible regularly. I don’t have a specific plan yet (we’re still discussing one), but I’d like to honor God by staying in close communication with Him.

Writing goals:

  1. Publish my novel, “Kiera”. This would be my first ever novel. It’s on several topics dear to my heart. *sucks in breath*
  2. Publish a sequel to The Twin Arrows. To tell the truth, I’m actually a little afraid of this one. πŸ˜‰ To make a book similar to its predecessor but not the same is intimidating. And exciting. πŸ˜€ And I love these characters. I think you will too. Okay, I take back the scared. πŸ˜‰
  3. Participate in NaNoWriMo. Somehow this gets on here every year. πŸ˜€ It’s like a gold medal for Olympians or something. But I am hoping and praying to get to do it. πŸ˜‰
  4. Write four short stories. I find short stories satisfying to write and fun to share, so I’m sure there will be a few of those this year. πŸ˜‰

Those are my word-related goals for this year! What are your goals? I’d love to hear them in the comments!

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13 thoughts on “(Word) Goals for 2018

  1. Sounds like an awesome plan for the year!! I am going to try to read more nonfiction this year to! I just don’t pick up non fiction enough. =/
    I”M SO EXCITED ABOUT KIERA!!!!! The world needs that book. Also I’m really excited about going back to The Twin Arrows. =D
    I haven’t really made my goals yet. Yes, I am behind. ;P I’ve got to work on that.
    HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I can’t wait to see how God works this year out!
    -Mikayla-

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    1. Thanks!! That’s cool! πŸ˜‰ I’m glad I’m not the only one…

      EEEEEEK!! Thank you. πŸ˜€ I’m excited (and impatient) too. πŸ˜‰ Aw, yay!!

      That just means you’ll have more time to get them how like them. πŸ˜‰

      You too!!!! He is good! πŸ˜‰

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  2. Great post! I like setting goals for myself, as well. This year I would really like to publish at least 2 books, and my reading challenge is set for a goal of 55 books. (We’ll see if that happens! Haha ) I’m hoping to be able to really clean out my TBR list on Goodreads this year.
    Have a great Tuesday!
    -Bekah

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  3. Oh, I really should try to set a few writing goals. *stares at all the stories that want me to write them and runs to grab a book already written so I can hide* I have a reading goal on Goodreads too. And I started a reading challenge on my website. Want to come join us? I’m actually really amazed at how many people have signed up. As for publishing goals . . . I have too many short stories that might be fun to publish, plus I want to write more *cringes at novels waiting to be written* but we’ll see. *hoping that appeases novel rage*

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    1. This is my brain exactly. πŸ˜‰ I want to do everything!!!

      Ooo, a reading challenge sounds super fun! I probably shouldn’t take on anything else at the moment, but I’ll think about it. πŸ˜‰

      Ha, ha!! Maybe you should make a deal with yourself. Like if you write one novel you can write three short stories or something… πŸ˜‰

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      1. Well, last night I needed to write. So I just started and it’s a short story about a teddy bear at a fair. It’s not much, but I at least wrote 1,520 words.

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  4. I look forward to your sequel to The Twin Arrows, Kate. I just finished reading it and thoroughly enjoyed it. Here is one of my favorite sentences from The Twin Arrows: “The cold raindrops stung her forehead and blurred her vision so the forest colors ran together like wet paint.”

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